Sunday, August 09, 2009

A Weekend With Malcolm & Eric

This weekend Malcolm & Eric came to stay, we met them in Keswick at lunchtime on Friday & after a little shopping we had a short leg stretch on the disused railway, this is Greta Bridge where you go under the A66. Looking across at the Coledale round A picnic table where the railway used to come out of a tunnel We however walk along the boardwalk here
That evening our next door neighbours had a dog round, much to Crags interest
On Saturday we decided to travel over to St Bees & walk to Cleator on Wainwrights C2C (coast to coast) route. To get to St Bees we firstly took the bus from Cleator Moor to Whitehaven, then the train to St Bees, Bess is under the seat somewhere.
Tradition says you have to start by dunking your boots in the Irish Sea, wishing it wasn't low water & such a long walk to the sea.
St Bees head our first climb of the day
Nearly at the sea, it was the first time Crag had been to the beach & he was quite bemused why the water tasted so funny
Malcolm, Pete (a local friend who walked with us), Andy & Eric
We then walked back up the beach to start the walk up St Bees head
Looking down on the beach, the tide is coming in fast.
We didn't start until 10am but it was quite a procession of c2c walkers we must have seen at least fifty other walkers.
They have built a new fence on the top and diverted the path slightly away from the edge
Fleswick Bay
We reach St Bees lighthouse where we at last start to walk easterly (up to this point we have been travelling north)
A northern rail train passes us whilst we stop for lunch
Then across some fields to get onto the Whitehaven - Kirkland cycle track
We reach our destination of Cleator & an appropriate sign
This weekend was the Whitehaven Festival so Saturday night we went into Whitehaven to watch the fireworks. Some tall ships in the harbour for the festival
Live music on the harbour, this is Mazzoni who we last saw in Workington
The cycle c2c start point & some of the food stalls on the quayside
Looking up at The Beacon
As darkness sets in the ships are all lit up
Some pictures & movies of the fireworks
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A really enjoyable weekend & the weather was really kind to us

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